HI my name is Cougar, I am 15yrs old and a sophomore at Louisiana High school in Missouri. I love to race my dirt bike, hang out with friends, and spend time with my family. This is my story: On February 7, 2014.....I was having fun with my friends after a local high school basketball game, we were playing in the snow and jumping into the snow banks. I jumped headfirst into the snow bank and landed on my head which caused the c5 vertebrae in my neck to break. Immediately everyone knew the seriousness of the accident. I was transported to St. Louis Children's hospital where I had to undergo 10 hours of surgery to repair my vertebrae. On February 20th, I had a tracheotomy done.
For those of you that have asked about movement. Shrugs shoulders, lift elbows bend and straighten arms mostly, Bends wrists up and down and twists. Amazing ! Lungs A little sketchy,diaphragm, bowels and bladder working, yet no control. No feeling or control in legs. Can feel touch on his feet and identify which foot you're touching whoohoo . So he is relearning to hold up his head, core strength to sit up, waiting on feeling to relearn to walk.
2017 Update: I'm living in Atlanta so I can go to one of the best therapy hospitals in the country. I go to therapy four times a week including a bike that stims the muscles in my legs, a treadmill that I'm suspended above with robotic legs putting me through the motions of walking, and multiple personal trainings. I have done three triathalons, and the latest tri I completed with no floatation. with the racing handcycle that I've only had for about four months, I have done multiple half marathons, 10k, ect. I will also soon be going to my first swim meet. My movement has increased significantly with me moving my abdomen and lower back, as well as movement in my triceps. I can also completely feel my legs.